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A medieval history lecturer named Wil Mason has been transported to the fantasy world of Middlemere, which is ruled by four rival brothers. Wil's aim is to find the secret to how he was transported here and discover a way back.

Obitus is a role-playing game with action elements. It utilizes a first-person view for exploration, similarly to Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder. One of the more remarkable features is in the first-person mode: rather than having just 4 directs to face and flicking between them, there are 8 directions and the view scrolls smoothly as you turn. This smooth scrolling continues when you move forward, giving the game more of a 3D feel.

The action elements consist of horizontal scrolling areas where you fight enemies with your bow while avoiding their attacks. Later you encounter a similar type of gameplay that involves exploring castles and adds 4 directional movement.


Obitus Atari ST Big door.
Obitus DOS Beginning the game (VGA)
Obitus DOS Hmm, who's this guy? (VGA)
Obitus DOS Found some arrows (CGA)

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Génération 4 Amiga Feb, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Datormagazin Amiga Feb 14, 1991 9 out of 10 90
ST Action Atari ST Nov, 1991 84 out of 100 84
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1991 7.8 out of 12 65
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jan, 1994 6.4 out of 10 64
ST Format Atari ST Jun, 1992 61 out of 100 61
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1992 60 out of 100 60
Power Play DOS Mar, 1992 50 out of 100 50
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33


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In 1994 Psygnosis were working on another action/RPG hybrid, which was nominally to be a sequel to Obitus, although the working title was merely G2. A demo was included with Amiga Format magazine, but it was so unstable and buggy that Psygnosis issued a full-page apology in the next issue, and the game was never completed.
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